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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer is a Time to Shed that Extra Weight While Enjoying Meals with Friends

Ah, summer, the best time of the year but ... it is a time when big sweaters and baggy pants are just not going to work. It is time to reveal our bodies, and yet it is a time to meet with friends and enjoy our meals outside. So what to do about those few extra pounds that keep creeping in. Can you readjust your body and still have tasty meals? I say YES.

This is how I do it. We have been told to chew our food slowly and eat lots of veggies. Here is how it can easily be done. I make myself a salad with crunchy romaine lettuce and spring mix as well. I add colorful veggies, some low sugar fruit like ½ an apple or berries, just a few nuts, no cheese (too much fat ), olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

To add a little zing, I use flavored olive oil, but only 2 teaspoons. I like blood orange or Persian lime. The balsamic vinegar can be white, raspberry or just plain. It all tastes good. Fresh cilantro, mint, and basil give it a tasty punch.

The trick is to chop all the ingredients. You will be surprised how long it will take for you to eat this yummy delight. You must chew, chew, chew. You will not be able to put a big leaf of lettuce into your mouth, take a few bites and swallow. Even though all the ingredients are chopped already, you will still be encouraged to chew. By the time you complete your meal, you will feel completely satisfied and won’t be looking for sweets.

Enjoy these great summer days!

Marnie Vincolisi

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